• Air Flights

    Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
  • Baz Bus Hop on Hop off

    The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
  • Buy back Car Companies

    Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
  • Car Hire South Africa

    There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa. All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
  • Long distance trains

    Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
  • Minibus taxis

    Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.

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Long Distance Buses

There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).


  • Mainliner bus services

    These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket. “Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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Blyde River Canyon Backpackers - Backpackers Limpopo
They are near the Blyde River Canyon and not far from the Kruger Park.

Livingstone Backpackers
Livingstone Backpackers offers a fresh young relaxed vibe, they cater for independent travellers, this is the town's newest backpackers.
(Livingstone,Zimbabwe and Zambia)

Gecko Lounge
On the shores of the lake.

Farr Out B&B
Farr Out B&B is situated on the outskirts of Paternoster on the West Coast.
(Paternoster,West Coast)

AroundaboutCars - Car Hire
This Cape Town based car hire company has reliable and affordable car hire for both local and national use. They pick up and drop off anywhere in the country. Their share call number is 0860 447 3222.
(Gaborone,Cape Town)

Stellenbosch Travellers Lodge
This Stellenbosch backpackers is a favourite with big groups, churches and schools.
(Stellenbosch,Wine Region)

Mafusa Backpackers
Backpackers here's a chance to stay at a Big-5 Game Reserve and a 5-Star Lodge at budget prices.
(Port Elizabeth,Sunshine Coast)

Twana Lodge
This Pretoria Backpackers is run by travellers who understand just what other travellers need…
(Pretoria City,Pretoria)

Thaba 'Nkwe Bushveld Inn
Thaba 'Nkwe Bushveld Inn, offers self-catering chalets and rustic wooden cabins only 5 km from Thabazimbi and 15 kms from Marakele National Park.
(The Battlefields,Limpopo)

Induna Adventures
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